Rainbow


We’ll finish messing with the spectrum with a few photos involving rainbows. Obviously, WC could go through a lot of other colors; tanagers alone offer an amazing range of stunning colors. But the queue of other subjects is starting to build up. So we’ll wrap this thread with rainbows for now.

Just below Atigun Pass on the Dalton Highway, WC captured a flattering image of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

Rainbow, Atigun River, Brooks Range, Alaska

Rainbow, Atigun River, Brooks Range, Alaska

The juxtaposition of the pipeline and the beauty of the mountains and the rainbow appealed to WC, even if there are no birds visible in the shot.

But sometimes you can get lucky. These Sandhill Cranes flew in front of a rainbow for WC at Creamer’s Refuge a few years back.

Sandhill Cranes and Rainbow, Creamer's Refuge, Alaska

Sandhill Cranes and Rainbow, Creamer’s Refuge, Alaska

And there are some birds that are a rainbow in and of themselves. One such is the Paradise Tanager. This is a heavy crop, but it gives you a sense of the colors in this bird.

Paradise Tanager, Southern Ecuador

Paradise Tanager, Southern Ecuador

There’s even a bird named after the rainbow, the Rainbow Starfrontlet, a mid-sized hummingbird.

Rainbow Starfrontlet, Ecuador

Rainbow Starfrontlet, Ecuador

And finally, what some birders would argue is the most beautiful bird on the planet. It would certainly be on WC’s short list: the Resplendent Quetzal, which combines a rainbow of colors AND a beautiful feather pattern AND an absolutely stunning tail.

Resplendent Quetzal Male, Southern Ecuador

Resplendent Quetzal Male, Southern Ecuador

 

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